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Our Trustee Board is made up of people with a wide range of skills and experience. Several of our Trustees have personal experience of liver disease; others have worked in related fields and/or have skills essential for the British Liver Trust.

Wim Bushell - Chairman

W Wim has worked in the City of London since 1974 as a broker at Lloyd's of London, at Greig Fester, then Morgan Read & Coleman as an Executive Director before selling the business to Arthur J Gallagher International in 1996, where Wim has had various roles in the organisation, including CEO of reinsurance and now Deputy Chairman of Arthur J Gallagher.  Wim is also governor of two schools, one in the independent sector, the other is a state school in the East End of London.

Martin Newlan - Treasurer

Martin trained as an articled clerk with a city firm of accountants before becoming a management trainee with a West Midlands engineering firm, progressing to chief accountant with a Kent-based subsidiary. In the early 1970s he established a plastics manufacturing business, serving initially as Finance Director and ultimately as Managing Director. The business became a leading manufacturer of drug delivery devices and pharmaceutical packaging. In 2002 he joined Cumberland Lodge, an education charity and unique conference centre in the heart of the Great Park, Windsor, and is currently their Deputy Principal and Bursar. His charitable interests include serving as treasurer of Caterham School for 20 years and volunteering extensively with St John Ambulance. Martin is married to Julia and they have three children.

Charles Hicks

Charles is a partner in the leading English law firm Wedlake Bell, where he has cared for the business of private clients for the past 30 years. In the 90s, focusing on the problems of Lloyd’s membership, he advised in excess of 1,000 clients over time and acted for four action groups.Charles was educated at Marlborough College and graduated from Clare College, Cambridge. He joined Wedlake Bell in 1968 and became a Partner in 1975. He holds numerous Trustee positions, is a director of the not-for profit UK Wolf Conservation Trust and is Secretary of the Society of Honorary Ward Clerks in the City of London.Charles is also General Commissioner of Taxes and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Charity Section.

Dr Stephen Ryder

Since June 1994 Dr Ryder has been a consultant Physician in Hepatology and Gastroenterology at the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). He graduated from Nottingham University Medical School and trained in hepatology at St Mary’s and Kings College Hospitals in London.His major clinical and research interest is Hepatitis C infection. Dr Ryder was the national lead for the Hepatology Clinical Research Network until 2015 and is the East Midlands lead for Division 6 of the CRN. Dr Ryder became the Director of Research and Innovation at NUH in January 2016.

Sophie Robinson

N Sophie has over eight years’ experience working in PR and communications for third sector organisations, including four years within the communications team at the Big Lottery Fund. Most recently she was senior media officer at the housing charity Shelter, delivering social media and PR campaigns and is currently PR officer at the National Housing Federation.  Sophie is personally affected by a rare liver disease called PSC and also has a history of liver disease in her family.

 Diana Gornall

Following a recent merger, Di is now the Director of Voluntary and Statutory Income at Arthritis Research UK (was the Director of Fundraising at Arthritis Care).She started her career in a software house -  developing solutions for blue chip companies before moving into pure event management and finally fundraising at the MS Society. Thanks to this unusual career mix, Di comes with skills in technology, project management and data control as well as fundraising, change management and leadership. Di is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and sits on their Learning and Development committee.  Outside of work, Di destresses on the badminton court (in London) or climbing mountains (outside of London!).